The Burkini Isn't a Religious Duty

September 14, 2016 Topic: Society Region: Europe Tags: IslamFranceSecularismWomenHistory

The Burkini Isn't a Religious Duty

The burkini is the product of mores defined exclusively by conservative Muslim males.

Robert G. Rabil is a professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University. He is the author most recently of The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon: The Double Tragedy of Refugees and Impacted Host Communities (2016), and Salafism in Lebanon: From Apoliticism to Transnational Jihadism (2014). The opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily reflect those at FAU.

Image: A bather wearing conservative Muslim dress in Turkey. Flickr/Charles Roffey